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III. GENERAL REGULATIONS
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL, AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(c)(1), (c)(2) Fruits, nuts, berries and/or mushrooms may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites, and/or use or consumption restrictions:
The superintendent has determined that the gathering of small quantities of the above mentioned items will not adversely affect park resources.
36 CFR § 2.2 WILDLIFE PROTECTION
(d) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is permitted under the following conditions and procedures:
(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:
36 CFR §2.3 FISHING
(d)(3) Chumming or placing preserved or fresh fish eggs, fish roe, food, fish parts, chemicals or other foreign substances in fresh waters for the purpose of feeding or attracting fish in order that they may be taken is prohibited.
There have been a plethora of issues surrounding the introduction and spread of non-native species to Valley Creek. Species, such as the Rusty crayfish can be invasive spreading to lakes, rivers, and streams in several areas of North America. They can harm native fish populations and graze on and eliminate aquatic plants.
36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE
36 CFR §2.11 - PICNICKING
Certain areas have been closed to picnicking and are listed in section 1.5(a)(1), “Closures”.
Conditions for Picnicking
36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:
36 CFR §2.15 – PETS
(a)(2) Failing to crate, cage, restrain on a leash, or otherwise confine a pet at all times is prohibited.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS
(b) The use of horses or pack animals is allowed on the following trails, routes or areas:
The Joseph Plumb Martin Trail is a prohibited trail for horse back riding.
The use of roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed only in the following areas:
36 CFR §2.21 SMOKING
The superintendent has determined that this restriction is necessary to protect park resources, protect employees and the public and reduce the risk of fire on government property. This measure is deemed to be the minimum necessary to achieve such protection.
36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY
(a)(2) Property may be left unattended for periods longer than 24 hours in the following areas and under the following conditions:
36 CFR §2.35 –ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
The park is close to highly populated areas and heavily traveled public roads traverse the park. For these reasons some users may come to the park for the sole purpose of consuming alcohol. The park staff has noticed that behavior induced by the consumption of alcohol by some persons may at times destroy the enjoyment of the park by others. This restriction is consistent with the Pennsylvania state park restriction on alcohol.
Boating is a potentially hazardous activity. Operators of vessels must devote full time and attention to boating. Alcohol impairment by boat operators directly affects safe boat operation, and alcohol impairment is a known factor in boating accidents, injuries and fatalities at Valley Forge NHP.
36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION
(b) A permit is required for the scattering of ashes from cremated human remains, or in the following designated areas without a permit, in accordance with the following terms and conditions:
36 CFR §3.6 – BOATING OPERATIONS
(d)(1) Vessels may not create a wake or exceed 5 mph in the following areas:
(h) The following areas/sites are designated for the launching or recovery of vessels using a trailer:
(i) The following areas/sites are designated for the launching or recovery of vessels propelled by machinery:
36 CFR §3.20 – WATER SKIING
(a) The towing of persons by vessels is allowed in the following areas under the terms and conditions noted:
36 CFR §3.21 – SWIMMING AND BATHING
(a)(1) The following areas are closed to swimming and bathing:
36 CFR §4.10 – TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES
(a) Park roads open for travel by motor vehicle are those indicated below, and/or as indicated in the following publication or document (attached hereto):
36 CFR §4.11 – TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES
(b)(1) Vehicle load, weight and size limits:
36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS
(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
36 CFR§ 4.30 BICYCLES
(a) The use of bicycle is prohibited except on park roads, in parking areas, and on routes designated for bicycle use.
The following additional routes have been designated for bicycle use:
Did You Know?
Port Kennedy Cave, located in what is now Valley Forge NHP, produced one of the most significant assemblages of Pleistocene fossils in North America. 14 plants and 48 animals are represented, including wolverine, Wheatley's ground sloth, long-nosed peccary, Hay's tapir, and lesser short-faced bear. More...